conglomerate

adjective
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -ˈglä-mə- \

Definition of conglomerate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made up of parts from various sources or of various kinds the conglomerate peoples of New England a conglomerate empire

conglomerate

verb
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-ˌrāt How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \
conglomerated; conglomerating

Definition of conglomerate (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to gather into a mass or coherent whole Infinite numbers of dull people conglomerated round her …— Virginia Woolf

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -ˈglä-mə- \

Definition of conglomerate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a composite mass or mixture especially : rock composed of rounded fragments varying from small pebbles to large boulders in a cement (as of hardened clay)
2 : a widely diversified corporation an international conglomerate of some 350 businesses

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Verb

conglomerative \ kən-​ˈgläm-​rə-​tiv How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -​ˈglä-​mə-​ ; -​mə-​ˌrā-​ \ adjective
conglomerator \ kən-​ˈglä-​mə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \ noun

Noun

conglomeratic \ kən-​ˌglä-​mə-​ˈra-​tik How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , ˌkän-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for conglomerate

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of conglomerate in a Sentence

Verb people conglomerated in the downtown streets for an impromptu victory celebration over the years the town's discarded junk conglomerated at the bottom of the river Noun a news and entertainment conglomerate Our small company must compete with the big conglomerates.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Live Nation has since combined with the ticketing monopoly Ticketmaster, satellite radio monopolist SiriusXM, and online radio leader Pandora as part of media mega-conglomerate Liberty Media. Ron Knox, Wired, "Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry," 16 Mar. 2021 Gautam Adani, whose conglomerate sprawls from ports to coal mines to food, has seen his personal wealth more than double, to some $32bn. The Economist, "Compounding inequality India’s super-rich are getting much richer," 5 Dec. 2020 That’s despite the fact that Trader Joe’s is owned by Aldi conglomerate Albrecht Discounts and parted ways long ago with its founder, Joe Coulombe, whom Lorr profiles at length. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "There’s No Such Thing as Ethical Grocery Shopping," 1 Oct. 2020 The state’s manufacturing companies had already spent the 1990s and early 2000s outsourcing their jobs, while the agriculture industry continued its transition to mega-conglomerate farming. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Legend of Roy Cooper," 26 Oct. 2020 One of the latest and most beloved mega retailers to host a Deals Day of its own is Target, the hip big-box shop of its conglomerate neighbors. Avery Felman, refinery29.com, "Look Out Amazon: Target’s Deals Day Just Dropped And It’s Primed For Savings," 13 Oct. 2020 The move deepened Bayer’s commitment to a conglomerate model -- combining crop science, pharmaceuticals and consumer health under one roof -- at a time when many rivals have rigorously sharpened their focuses. Jef Feeley, Bloomberg.com, "Bayer Extends CEO’s Contract, Sees Progress on Roundup Deals," 10 Sep. 2020 Acquired by conglomerate Unilever in 1961, the company began to see increasing competition from Mister Softee and other rivals. Colin Dickey, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Ice Cream Truck Made Summer Cool," 10 July 2020 The lack of fact-checking in corporate publishing remains a scandal, but there are few signs that any conglomerate publisher plans on making the expensive decision to apply basic scrutiny to its books any time soon. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Book Publishing’s Next Battle: Conservative Authors," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Koch Industries conglomerate that his father founded in 1940. Lisette Voytko, Forbes, "Here’s The Richest Billionaire In Every U.S. State 2021," 7 Apr. 2021 The combination, which has been in the cards for years, would minimize competition between the two companies and create the world’s largest chemicals conglomerate with around 1 trillion yuan in annual revenue, equivalent to about $153 billion. Martin Mou, WSJ, "China Approves Merger of Chemical Giants, Creating $150 Billion Company," 1 Apr. 2021 Then there was Merck, the pharmaceuticals conglomerate whose association with the Nazis may have been the most lurid of them all. Joshua Hammer, The New York Review of Books, "A Ghost in the War Machine," 23 Mar. 2021 Australian sites will get paid for appearing in Facebook News, giving that publishing conglomerate a revenue stream independent of the problematic display-ads business. Rob Pegoraro, Forbes, "Facebook Wants To Put News Back On Its Friends List," 19 Mar. 2021 New disclosure filings show that the free masks came from the government of Taiwan and its diplomatic office in Chicago, a Chinese auto parts conglomerate, a major apparel company and the state’s largest health insurer. USA TODAY, "Post-rally surge, PPE stocks, antibody study: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2020 The pandemic seems to have accelerated the ambitions of chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani, Asia's richest man, who wants to transition his RIL conglomerate away from oil toward digital industries. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "11 deals for $15 billion in 10 weeks: Why India’s Jio Platforms is on an investment spree," 20 June 2020 When attempting to conglomerate all test results into a single geometric mean, Larabel found that the distribution's results were, on average, 14% faster than the slowest distributions tested (CentOS 8 and Ubuntu 18.04.3). Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Linux distro review: Intel’s own Clear Linux OS," 17 Feb. 2020 Computing giant International Business Machines Corp , consumer products conglomerate Procter & Gamble Co. and pharmaceutical maker Johnson & Johnson have all said that the dollar’s ascent hurt last quarter’s earnings. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Strong Dollar Casts Shadow Over Stock Market Rally," 12 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In April, Bukalapak raised $234 million in a funding round led by Microsoft, Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC, Indonesian media conglomerate Emtek and South Korean web portal Naver Corp., according to a report from Reuters. Zinnia Lee, Forbes, "Indonesia’s E-Commerce Unicorn Bukalapak Completes $400 Million Funding Round With New Investors: Report," 28 Apr. 2021 The Chinese conglomerate aims to raise $3 billion for its commercial property management business before listing the break-off unit in Hong Kong later this year. Fortune, "The U.S. and China are climate frenemies—and maybe that’s OK," 22 Apr. 2021 The company has shed most of its consumer businesses, but Rakuten Securities strategist Masayuki Kubota said the diversified conglomerate still faced tough choices about strategy. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, "Toshiba Rebuffs CVC Takeover Offer," 20 Apr. 2021 In 2017, several stores owned by South Korea's Lotte were shut down across China after the conglomerate became embroiled in the deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in its home country. CNN, "Doing business in China is difficult. A clash over human rights is making it harder," 2 Apr. 2021 Fast forward to November, when the Sinclair conglomerate struck a 10-year deal with Bally, which owns and operates 11 casinos in seven states. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Why Fox Sports Southwest is now Bally Sports, and where you can (and can’t) watch Texas Rangers games," 31 Mar. 2021 His conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway is pitching Texas lawmakers on a $8.3 billion plan to build 10 large natural-gas plants that would operate only during times of extreme need, and not otherwise compete in the state’s power market. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Facebook, Apollo Global Management, Chevron: Stocks That Defined the Week," 26 Mar. 2021 Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has lived seasonally on posh and ultraprivate Indian Creek Island since 1997, made 2020 the year to move his New York investment conglomerate, Icahn Enterprises, to Sunny Isles Beach (not on map). Bill Kearney, Curbed, "Miami’s Little Manhattan," 16 Mar. 2021 Billionaire Warren Buffett encouraged investors to maintain their faith in America’s economy and the businesses his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate owns in a reassuring letter to his shareholders Saturday. Josh Funk, USA TODAY, "Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett: 'Never bet against America'," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of conglomerate

Adjective

1572, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1642, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conglomerate

Adjective

Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare to roll together, from com- + glomerare to wind into a ball, from glomer-, glomus ball — more at clam

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The first known use of conglomerate was in 1572

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25 Mar 2021

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“Conglomerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conglomerate. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for conglomerate

conglomerate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conglomerate

: a large business that is made of different kinds of companies
technical : a kind of rock that is made from many stones of different sizes held together with hardened clay

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Kids Definition of conglomerate

1 : a mass (as a rock) formed of fragments from various sources
2 : a corporation engaging in many different kinds of business

conglomerate

adjective
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-(ə-)rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Medical Definition of conglomerate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made up of parts from various sources or of various kinds

conglomerate

verb
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ -ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \
conglomerated; conglomerating

Medical Definition of conglomerate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to gather (something) into a mass or coherent whole

intransitive verb

: to gather into a mass or coherent whole

Other Words from conglomerate

conglomerative \ -​ˈgläm-​(ə-​)rət-​iv, -​ə-​ˌrāt-​ How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \ adjective

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ -(ə-)rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Medical Definition of conglomerate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a composite mass or mixture

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conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Legal Definition of conglomerate

: a widely diversified company especially : a corporation that acquires other companies whose activities are unrelated to the corporation's primary activity

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